CAM HUNTERS

CAM HUNTERS feat. STÉFY & Julia Chan

2018 (ongoing)

CAM HUNTERS is a collaborative parody between artists STÉFY and Julia Chan who seek to reveal the ways that AIRBNB hosts use surveillance technologies in their properties as a method of documenting their clients. Our job is to reveal these cameras and educate citizens on the ways you can protect yourselves from these invasive forms of voyeurism. We are available for consultations, performances, and exhibitions.

Are you a fan? You can purchase CAM HUNTERS merchandise online here: CAM HUNTERS STORE

Password: SJCamHunt

For access and the password to our first “how to video” and introduction to CAM HUNTERS contact us at stefy.mcknight@queensu.ca.

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McKnight, S and J. Chan (2018). Cam Hunters. Video stills, 9 mins.

RESOURCES: 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HIDDEN AIRBNB CAMERAS:

  • Look for bad reviews of the property
  • “discuss the useofsurveillance devicesusingAirbnb’smessagingfeature”
  • Check for one-waymirrors
  • Use a flashlight to detect lenses
  • Run a script to disable wifi cameras
  • Hire a surveillance professional to do a sweep

Recent news stories have revealed hidden surveillance cameras in Airbnb rentals around the world. “[S]pending 15 minutes or so upon check in hunting around your rental should probably be the new normal,” recommends Mashable.com.

Tips taken from online articles, such as:

bc.ctvnews.ca/how-to-spot-a-hidden-camera-in-your-airbnb-suite-1.4104986; cbsnews.com/news/airbnb-guests-find-hidden-cameras/

lifehacker.com/detect-and-disable-an-airbnbs-hidden-wi-fi- cameras-with-1752817084 

independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/airbnb-hidden-cameras-how-to-spot-online-holiday- rentals-apartments-secret-surveillance-a8092661.html

globalnews.ca/news/3897163/airbnb-hidden- camera-room/ 

 airbnb.co.uk/help/article/887/what-are-airbnb-s-rules-about-electronic-surveillance-devices-in- listings?ibbe=1 

mashable.com/2017/12/04/airbnb-host-spying-webcam/?europe=true

 

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